Sandwich Snacking: Sponsored Post for Hillshire Farm

This post is #Sponsored by Hillshire Farm, but the words and opinions are all our own.  Last week, we shared a recipe made with Hillshire Farms smoked sausage. Yum. We also had the opportunity to try their new Naturals lunch meat. One of the good things about this turkey is that it’s slow roasted in […]

Pretty Pops of Color – A DIY Pom Pom Tree

First of all, who else is super excited for spring? It’s been raining the last couple of days here and I’m still getting over a bad cold (being sick while pregnant is not fun!) but the warmer air and sunshine has me feeling energized and excited. When I was browsing Pinterest one night when I […]

Weekend Rewind – Camera and Cows Edition

Wyatt and I spent a great weekend visiting our family, which included a couple birthday celebrations (one belated, one early, but still) and some baby animals, both cows and cats. Wyatt’s dad took us around to see his new calves. My mom got to show off the new little kittens they have. I also spent […]

DIwYatt: Building Custom Shelving Between Cabinets

The kitchen is moving along nicely. We are getting so close we can both finally see the finish line. Last weekend, I tackled the last building project we have to do. If you remember, we needed to build two different shapes of shelves for the nook project, outside corner shelves and shelves between two cabinets. […]

Getting Saucy with Sausage: Sponsored Post for Hillshire Farm

This is a sponsored post for Hillshire Farm. All views and opinions are our own. A few weeks ago, we were contacted by Hillshire Farm about creating a couple recipes for them. Since we had several requests for recipes and reports of our kitchen in action now that it’s almost completed, we figured it was a […]

A Trash Can Plan – Painting Our Cheap, Plastic Kitchen Trash Can

Not sure if you noticed the eyesore in some recent photos we’ve shared on the nook or not, but it’s certainly been bothering me… Boring old black trash can with no lid so our trash is just out there for all the world to see. Ick. Not to mention, it can get a little stinky […]

Weekend Rewind: Springing Into Action Edition

This weekend was wonderful! The weather was nice, we didn’t have anywhere to go (besides church and a couple meals we met up for with friends) and we were able to tackle a bunch of projects we’ve been needing to get going on. Three cheers for a progress-filled weekend! Woohoo! Sorry, I’m just a little […]

A Quickie Scarf Solution

Not that we’ve had almost a week of spring weather, I’m starting to get the urge to clean everything in our house. One thing that’s been driving me particularly crazy is the back of our closet door. I’ve been using it to store both hoodies and scarves all winter and it’s getting a little, or […]

DIwYatt: Kansas City Antique Mall Map!

I DIwYatt-ed this Antique Mall map using a mapping website called BatchGeo.com and data from Google Maps. I post about some of this stuff on my tech blog BizIntelSolutions, but thought this would be a good place to share this on since we know a lot of you all enjoy thrifting and finding bargain or […]

Weekend Rewind: Taste of Spring Edition

You guys, it’s been 60 degrees the last three days in a row. Is it cliche to say the little babe in my womb has been leaping for joy? (Okay, so I’m just now getting to the stage when I can feel those little movements more often) but I like to think it’s because we […]

Nook Drawer Reveal (AKA: No More Big Hole in the Cabinet!)

Yesterday, Wyatt shared the post about all the steps we took when creating the nook. It’s finally done, or at least the bottom part is. If you missed it, find it here. Here’s the reminder of how everything looked before.   Then, it looked like this after we refreshed the kitchen in Phase 1. Our […]

Creating the Kitchen Nook Area

Before getting started on the drywall, I wanted to get started on the nook area. This would allow us to know how far down the wall to drywall. I started by building the sides of the nook area that would be the structure for the drawer cabinet. This will also be what the counter top […]

A Pretty Pendant

Remember back when I told you finally decided on the lights for the kitchen? If not, that’s okay. It was awhile ago. We chose the Ranarp pendant lights from Ikea. Here’s the post about it. We really liked the black and white cloth-covered cord and the metal details. Made it feel a little nicer and gives […]

Our Pregnancy Story

We had our 20 week ultrasound today and are ecstatic to know Beanie is growing normally and is perfectly healthy. We know anything could still happen at any time but were super happy to get a little glimpse of our little one. And no, we didn’t find out if Beanie is a boy or girl. […]

Making a Makeshift Guest Room…Again

We have big plans, you all. Big plans. Big plans for before the baby comes. But, until we start to make some progress on said plans, I’m not sure they’ll get done before the baby gets here. I think we just need momentum. Right now, our momentum is pulling us toward the couch at the […]

So Many Spices

It seems like all we’ve been talking about lately is the pantry. And if you want me to be honest, that’s why the blogging hasn’t been as regular, because I’m tired of talking about it and you’re probably tired on listening. But, in the process of moving into the pantry, I realized we have way […]

DIwYatt: Installing Pantry Drawers

After I finished building the pantry drawers, details in this post, it was time to get them installed. Unfortunately, this wasn’t an easy process. The first step in installing the pantry drawers was to make rails for the drawer slides to attach to. If you’ll remember, I build the pantry with a face frame that […]

DIwYatt: Building Pull Out Pantry Drawers

Melissa talked about the plan for the pantry, here. After sharing some pretty revealing photos of the mess we had been living with. To build the pantry drawers, I first needed to come up for a design and plans. For starters, I worked out the plan for how I’d arrange my cuts to use only […]

Weekend Update: Valentine’s Edition

Well, our first Valentine’s weekend as a family of three (to be!) has come and gone. I didn’t feel wonderful, but we still enjoyed the time together. I even updated our chalkboard to help set the mood a bit for this lovey-dovey day. We had some friends come stay with us and took a day […]

It’s Time to Register – Sponsored Post

This post is #Sponsored by #TargetWedding, but the words and opinions are all our own.  It’s almost time for Valentine’s Day, which means everyone has roses and chocolates and fancy dates on the brain. Now that we have a baby on the way and several remodeling projects to finish up, date nights are hard to […]

A Pretty Pantry

We’ve had a busy week. In addition to working on our pantry, Wyatt’s been working on a building project at our church, as well as bottling his most recent batch of home brew beer. Oh, and we’ve had meetings on two nights. Sheesh. So, the pantry isn’t quite done, but it’s getting closer with a […]

Project Pantry: DIY Drawers (Prep & Planning)

We’ve been living a lie in the kitchen for some time. See, on the outside, everything looked pretty good. Not done, but pretty good, right? But if you open the doors, you’ll see that in fact, things don’t look good. They don’t look good at all. Our pantry is a scary place right now. But, […]

Shelf Stable: Mounting the Open Shelving in the Kitchen

Today is part 2 in the kitchen shelves recap. We’re slowly and surely making progress on the kitchen, and in telling you all about it. When it came time to hang the shelves (which we talked about building yesterday, here), Wyatt was careful to find and use the wall studs to mount the brackets. These […]

DIY Open Shelves for the Kitchen

We’ve taken a break from talking about the kitchen DIY project, or working on the kitchen, but it’s time to get back in the swing of things and get this never-ending project finished up completely. So, today, we’re going to take a bit of step back and catch up talking about building our open shelves […]

We Finally Went to IKEA (and bought lights for the kitchen!)

This weekend, my parents came up for a visit and we made the trek to IKEA. We had a list of small items we needed for the kitchen (things like drawer organizers and other random little accessories. Even though we had fun looking through the show rooms, it was very crowded (we were there on […]

Weekend Rewind: Rainbow Bookshelves Edition

This weekend I finally mustered up enough motivation and energy to tackle some organization. The first project? Moving into the new built-in bookshelves in our living room: These bad boys were pretty bare for the past 2-3 weeks after I took down all the random Christmas decorations I’d stashed there when we finished building these […]

Light Up Your New Year: Sponsored Giveaway Opportunity

Hi guys, today I’m writing a slightly different kind of post to share a giveaway with you guys. We’re not running it, just sharing it in case you want to enter! Good luck! Recently, we were contacted by the folks at GE, who are running a giveaway inspired by the types of problems consumers have while […]

Meet Rhonda 2.0

Ok, we haven’t officially settled on a name, but I wanted to go ahead and share how we spent last night… Yep, we said goodbye to good old Rhonda the Honda and replaced her with the same car…only 19 years newer. We didn’t get a brand new one. It’s a 2009 Accord, but it’s quite […]